Groups, Volunteers Renew Search Efforts for Missing Vet

Mounted search hopes to bring new perspective to year-old investigation

KENNESAW, Ga. -- Family and friend of missing army veteran Chase Massner have renewed their efforts to find him with the help of several volunteer groups.

Massner, last seen in March 2014, served about a year in Iraq.

"He always has a smile on his face, and he loved his family and I know that he's just deserving of everything that people are doing to help bring him home," said family friend, Christine Lemoine.

Online posts on social media led to a connection with Missing in America, a group with a successful record of finding answers for families.

"They're very, very emotional. Everybody came together as a community, which is awesome, and they just wanted help finding their lost one," said Shawn Wallner, the group's co-founder.

Missing in America spend about four weeks researching the case ahead of the search, but they are not alone in offering their services.

Guardian Angels, who works to keep the search safe and other volunteers, like the West Georgia Mounted Search and Rescue joined in as well.

"If you're five or six feet tall, you get up on a horse, now you're seven or eight feet. You've got a much different perspective of what's around you, and these horses will react to things around you that are out of the ordinary," said Norm Brazel, president and co-founder of West Georgia Mounted Search and Rescue.

It is that new view of the details and the landscape the family and friends believe can make a difference as they continue to search through Tuesday.

"We all feel that he needs to come home," said Lemoine. "I think that that speaks for itself and why everybody came out here to help us."


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